Pamplemousse Cooler (Vodka-Cucumber Cocktail With Grapefruit LaCroix) Recipe

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Vicky Wasik

Cool off with this vodka cocktail, which gets a delicate vegetal flavor from muddled cucumber. Created by Christopher Longoria of San Francisco's 1760, it has a soft sweetness from elderflower liqueur.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 5 half-inch slices peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 ounce (8ml) simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 1/4 ounces (35ml) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) LaCroix Pamplemousse Sparkling Water
  • Cucumber slice and lemon wedge, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Add cucumber, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until cucumber is broken up. Add vodka and elderflower liqueur and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

  2. Top with sparkling water and fine-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.

Special equipment

Muddler, cocktail shaker and strainer, fine-mesh strainer

Notes

To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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